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No Easy Way (clip 1)

Allan Wells: One Man's Olympics

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Description

Intimate documentary following the Edinburgh sprinter Allan Wells and his gruelling preparations for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where he won Gold in the 100m and Silver in the 200m. Features footage of Wells training in Edinburgh, Australia, the Cote D'Azur and Moscow. Includes extensive interviews with him. Allan Wells trains for 1980s Olympics, discussing his fitness levels and amount of fluid lost.

Questions & Activities

Questions

  • How many different exercises can you see in this clip? What is each exercise for?
  • What impression do you get of the training room? Is it the sort of place you would expect an Olympic athlete to train?
  • The use of camera shots is rather unusual, can you identify at least one extreme close-up? Out of focus shot? Zoom shot? What effect is created by these shots?
  • Why do you think the filmmaker decided not to use music over the montage of Allan Wells training?

Activities

Health and Wellbeing: What has changed about how Olympic athletes train? Find out what is involved in preparing for major international competitions. What support do modern athletes have?

Sciences: The film would be a good introduction to the topic of perspiration in biology. Why do humans need to sweat, and what are the biological processes involved? Also how does exercise affect these?

Media Studies: The film is interesting in how it presents a major sports star in a very realistic fly-on-the-wall-style. Compare this with how sports stars are presented in modern media, such as advertisements.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-363-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Pelicular Films
Project Ref 4713
Date 1980
Genre Documentary
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Sciences, Media Studies
Who (athlete), Allan Wells (sprinter)
Where Edinburgh
Event Olympic Games
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 3:13
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